30 Jun '11, 4am

In 1993 when the Government introduced the Elected Presidency bill, it gave a grand vision of how system was...

In 1993 when the Government introduced the Elected Presidency bill, it gave a grand vision of how system was...

“In introducing this (elected presidency) Bill,” Mr Goh told Parliament, “the present Government, is in fact, clipping its own wings. Once the constitutional amendment is effected, this Government will have some of its powers checked.” Why the change in thinking? After all, the PAP has effectively ruled the country by fiat since it came to power in 1959. Chop and change #1 Perhaps there wasn't really a change in thinking. At that time, many saw the move as Mr Lee Kuan Yew ensuring that the new prime minister would not run off with the horse, so to speak. After decades as prime minister, Mr Lee was preparing to step down and hand over the reins to Mr Goh Chok Tong (whom, by the way, Mr Lee publicly said was not his first choice as his successor). The President would be a check on the new PM and his cabinet. Mr Lee had, at that time, not ruled out becoming the first elected ...

Full article: http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/4872-chopping...

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